Big canvas, but exclusion of three cantonments a ‘big setback’

"This will ensure more natural resources like water within the PMRDA region and land for planning development,” said Mahesh Zagade, commissioner of PMRDA.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Updated: December 9, 2015 12:36:03 am

PAVING THE way for a more effective way to plan development of the Pune metropolitan region, the state government has doubled the jurisdiction of the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) making it the biggest metropolitan region in the state, although Pune, Dehu and Khadki cantonment boards continue to be out of the ambit.

“We were waiting for the state government to decide on the proposal to double the PMRDA area as the planning for larger area would lead to effective planning. This will ensure more natural resources like water within the PMRDA region and land for planning development,” said Mahesh Zagade, commissioner of PMRDA.

The concepts that were being mooted to set up a model urban metropolitan region could be planned now, he said. “The first thing will be to map everything in the metropolitan region in a digital format. The PMRDA will also be established as a model government unit with focus on business friendliness.”

On three cantonment areas that still fall out of the ambit of PMRDA, Zagade said,”We have urged the state government to get the three cantonment areas under the PMRDA for effective planning and development of the region. However, the PMRDA can include the cantonment areas in planning later on as well. The PMRDA is development planning authority and does not interfere with powers of the local civic bodies.” Officials said the non-exclusion of the three cantonment boards in PMRDA was a major setback.

The PMRDA is like a start-up that would be more professional in its approach and getting services from the best available resources in the market to make it a successful model so there would be no shortage of staff, he added.

After coming into existence in April this year, the PMRDA had proposed to take up the implementation of the metro rail, internal ring road project in the area of Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) but the two civic bodies refused to hand over the implementation of project to the newly- constituted authority. The representatives of PMC and PCMC in the PMRDA also refused PMRDA to submit its opinion to the state government on proposed merger of 34 villages in PMC area.

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